Department of Geography, University of Calgary
SHELLEY ALEXANDER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Calgary. She has 25 years of experience studying wolves and coyotes in Canada, and is an established expert with numerous publications in the areas of Conservation GIS, Road Ecology, and Human Dimensions of Wildlife. Shelley’s Canid Conservation Science Lab practices Compassionate Conservation, using only non-invasive methods in wildlife research. Through the Calgary Coyote Project (2005 – 2012), she and her students published widely on human-coyote conflict, coyote diet, media portrayal of coyotes, and she spearheaded Living with Coyotes, an on-line citizen science program. That research continues to be the most comprehensive examination of urban coyotes in Canada. In 2015, she received a SSHRC scholarship, launching the Foothills Coyote Initiative - examining human-coyote relationships on rural residential and agricultural lands near Calgary. Shelley’s research collaborations include: swift fox critical habitat analysis (Calgary Zoo), road effects in the Yucatan, MX (University de Campeche), and habitat modeling for Painted Dogs (Painted Dog Research, Zimbabwe). Shelley is a member of the Board of Directors, Society of Conservation Biology (North America) and the Science Advisory Board, Project Coyote, USA. She also enjoys time with her family, dogs, and is an avid horsewoman.
Department of History, York University
SEAN KHERAJ is Associate Professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is also a co-editor of niche-canada.org (Network in Canadian History and Environment) where he hosts and produces Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. His current research looks at the interrelationship among humans, non-human animals, and urbanization in Canada. His research aims to understand how historical changes in urban human-animal relations transformed cities and changed human ideas about their relationship with non-human nature.
Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare and Department of History, University of Guelph
SUSAN NANCE is Associate Professor in the Department of History and affiliated faculty with the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph. She is a historian of entertainment, communication, and live performance, with special attention to historical animal life. Susan is currently working on a book-length study tentatively entitled, Born to Buck: Rodeo Animals and the Myths of the West. This project takes her questions about how modernity has shaped animal and human life to the North American West and beyond, and brings together the fields of animal, environmental, consumer, and entertainment history.
Find Susan online at susannance.com.